ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Here’s what the teams need to do to qualify for the semis

Led by Angelo Matthews, the young brigade of Sri Lanka, have caused a huge upset by beating India at the Oval as they chased down a record 322 on Thursday. However, this has thrown Group B wide open as it has become a potential group of death.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: June 9, 2017 12:14 am
Sri Lanka’s victory over India has split Group B wide open. (Source: AP)

As the ICC Champions Trophy group stage reaches its climax there are still no clear favourites as both the groups are still wide open. After a dull opening, the tournament is split wide open courtesy of a few washouts and a few upsets. Already four of the seven matches were marred by rain and this has resulted in the teams still vying for a spot in the semifinals. As of now only, England has secured a spot in the semis and hence, now we take look at the scenarios of both the groups.

Group A

In Group A, hosts England have displayed consistency in both their outings and has thereby have become the first team to qualify for the semifinals. The rest of the three teams are still in the fray to secure the second spot. Among those three Australia will be most disappointed as both their games were washed out by rain. In case they fail to get a positive result against England (which is their final group game) then they will be forced to pack their bags and head home. New Zealand, meanwhile, will take on Bangladesh and hope to get a positive result which will keep them in the hunt for the semi-final spot. However, Bangladesh beat New Zealand and the Aussies do not get a favourable result then the Tigers will have a roar.

The equation for Australia is simple – they have to get a win to register four points and go through. If they win then the result in the other group game (New Zealand vs Bangladesh) becomes immaterial.  Meanwhile, when New Zealand square off against Bangladesh they will hope to get a positive result which will keep them in the hunt for the semi-final spot. However, if Bangladesh beat New Zealand and the Aussies do not get a favourable result then the Tigers will get a chance to roar in the semis.

Group B

Led by Angelo Matthews, the young brigade of Sri Lanka, have caused a huge upset by beating India at the Oval as they chased down a record 322 on Thursday. However, this result has thrown Group B wide open as it has become a potential group of death. All the four teams in this group are tied at 2 points each. India sits at the top of the table due to a better run-rate. They are followed by South Africa and Sri Lanka and then Pakistan.

However, the next couple of matches between India and South Africa, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are virtual quarterfinals because whoever wins goes through to the semis. Hence, the equation is clear – win the match and go through, else pack your bags and head home.

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    Anupam Sarkar
    Jun 10, 2017 at 1:01 am
    Indian team think tank should give a proper thought about team selection for the next match against mighty South Africa. Ravindrachandra Aswin is a match winner. He can change the complexion of the game at any stage of the match. Rohit Sharma should be more aggressive from the beginning of the match. The Indian team should remember the contribution of Ganguli and Tendulkar era to draw inspiration. Good luck to Indian team.
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      Hemant
      Jun 9, 2017 at 1:56 pm
      I really think Ashwin would have been handy in this situation. At least if not taking wickets he gets off with the silent overs and before you know the run rate has notched up to 8 or 9 per over. Although whatever said and done, I must add that the fielding was also very poor as per the standards set by India in the past and looking at Lanka field placement Indians field placing was poor. There were shots by Dhoni which resulted in just 2 where as Lankans was dea in boundaries virtually in every over. India could not make use of posting a mammoth total as they just have to apply pressure. They couldn't stop the strike rotation as well as the boundaries. I mean if you are not applying a field placement to stop runs then you got to loose the match eventually. To make matter worst was the lull fielding by Yuvraj (used to be a very good fielder), Rohit Sharma (dropped catch and poor fielding), Shikhar Dhawan and Kedar Jhadav. Only Dhoni and Virat can't make you win match all the time.
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        Steve
        Jun 9, 2017 at 10:51 am
        Incorrect summary. Group A : NZ v Bang washout means Aus go thru with better run rate unless beaten by more than - .407
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          R K
          Jun 9, 2017 at 10:37 am
          Having reached 169 runs at the 30 over mark, India should have easily got to 340-350 mark...because there was nothing for the bowlers...but sadly the batsmen could not gauge the true nature of the pitch and even Dhoni was very slow by his standards...as in his heydeys he used to score at the strike rate of about 175-180....Dhawan and Rohit were also very slow...and seemed to be playing for personal milestones...well with the advent of T20 cricket, scores of 310-320 are not safe anymore...
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            RAVI KAPOOR
            Jun 9, 2017 at 9:22 am
            ashwin should be against SL and SA
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              RAVI KAPOOR
              Jun 9, 2017 at 9:21 am
              KOHLI NEED A KICKON HIS BACK, ARROAGANCE WILL NOT WIN. YUVRAJ IS A BAD CHOICE. KOHLI NEEDS TO IMPROVE THE GAME. INDIANS WLL NOT BE IN THE SEMIS. BOOK THEIR TICKETS TO RETURN INDIA SOON
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                TIHAEwale
                Jun 9, 2017 at 8:34 am
                the way Lankans batted they rightly deserved the win
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                  Faisal bukhari
                  Jun 9, 2017 at 8:04 am
                  Very well done SL players. Indian proude is broken by SL younger.
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                    Bhavan
                    Jun 9, 2017 at 9:03 am
                    Hahaha what rudeness. At least India has pride unlike you guys
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                      george willsmore
                      Jun 10, 2017 at 3:22 am
                      Are you joking? By pride do mean arrogance.
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                        Rafi Is The Best
                        Jun 10, 2017 at 11:21 pm
                        This bhavan is an ic triggered prick, maybe that arrogant kohli is his father haha.......
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